22 - Jeffrey Forbes
Jeffrey Forbes
Height: 5-10
Weight: 170
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Federal Way, Wash.
High School: Federal Way HS '09
Position: G
Experience: 3L

Jim Hayford on Forbes: “Jeffrey Forbes is a winner. He comes from a Federal Way program that is one of the best high school basketball programs not only in Washington, but on the West Coast. He knows what it takes to win and his work ethic is outstanding. He shoots the ball well, plays hard and has tremendous speed.”

Career: Forbes has played in 92 games (82 as a starter) as an Eagle, and could break Marc Axton’s (2002-05) school record of 119. Forbes averaged 31.7 minutes per game in his Eastern career. He ranks ninth in school history wit­­­h 97 career steals, and is also fourth in 3-pointers made (143) and attempted (377). He is 41 makes and 122 attempts away from the school record. In his career, Forbes has made what would be a school record at 87.9 percent (138-of-157), but he is 27 attempts shy to meet the minimum of two free throw attempts per game. Currently with the school record is the 84.9 percent performance of Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame member Dick Edwards (1953-55). Forbes set a single season school record for free throw percentage (.900, 54-of-60) as a sophomore. He also made 55 3-pointers in the 2010-11 season to rank as the 11th-most in Eastern history (now 13th entering the 2012-13 season).

2011-12: Forbes finished 10th in the Big Sky Conference in minutes played (32.1), to go along with averages of 6.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game. He was one of three players to start all 32 games in the 2011-12 season, despite being hampered by a hand injury suffered in January. He was at 42 percent from the 3-point arc before his injury and 26 percent after that. Forbes made 85.4 percent of his free throws, but didn’t meet the minimum of two attempts per game to qualify for a spot on EWU’s top 10 list (he had 41 and would have needed 64). He scored in double figures nine times, and led Eastern in steals in five games, assists three times and rebounds once. Forbes had a season-high 21 points, and had a steal and assist on a key basket with 37 seconds to play, in EWU’s 81-75 Big Sky Conference Championship quarterfinal win over Idaho State (3/3/12). He made 8-of-12 shots from the field, including 5-of-6 3-point attempts. The Bengals had a chance to tie or take the lead when Forbes snatched the ball from ISU and fed teammate Kevin Winford for a layin and a four-point advantage. The 21-point performance by Forbes was only his second double figure scoring performance in his previous 15 games.

2010-11: Forbes set a single season school record for free throw percentage (.900, 54-of-60), just ahead of the previous record of .899 set by Darren Cooper in 2002. He finished fifth on the team with a 9.8 scoring average, making 41.2 percent of his field goal attempts overall and 55-of-134 three-point attempts (41.0 percent). He also averaged 2.0 assists per outing while starting 23 of 30 games. Forbes averaged 12.9 points per game at home (second on the team), making 46.8 percent of his shots overall and 47.8 percent from three-point range. On the road, he was sixth on the team with a 7.2 average on 35.7 percent shooting overall and 33.8 percent from the arc. Forbes scored in double figures 13 times in the 2010-11 season, and led the team in scoring three times. He had a team-leading four 20-point performances -- all at home -- including 23 versus New Hope (12/4/10) and 21 in back-to-back home games versus Sacramento State (12/29/10) and Northern Colorado (12/31/10). He also led Eastern in assists and steals eight times each, rebounds twice and blocked shots once. He entered the March 2 game at Weber State averaging only 6.6 points per game on the road on 31.7 percent shooting (30.5 percent from the three-point line). But he responded in a huge way, making 7-of-9 shots overall and 3-of-5 attempts from the arc in EWU’s 75-59 win. He finished with 17 points and also had a pair of steals as EWU forced a season-high 23 turnovers leading to a season-high 29 points off turnovers. His scoring performance was his best in 16 games since his back-to-back 21-point efforts to open the league season against Sacramento State and Northern Colorado in late December.

2009:10: Forbes was selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team. Named as the recipient of the team’s Best Defender award, he was one of the top newcomers in the league, averaging 13.2 points in 16 Big Sky Conference games to rank 12th in league-only statistics. He averaged 11.0 points overall (17th in the league) as he started 27 of 30 games in the 2009-10 season. Besides teammate Glen Dean, no other freshman ranked in the top 24 in the league in scoring overall and in the top 22 in league games only. Forbes led the Eagles with an average of 31.2 minutes per game (33.8 in league play to rank seventh in the Big Sky). Although he made only 41.9 percent of his shots overall and 36.4 percent from the three-point arc, those percentages increased to 48.0 and 45.7, respectively, in league play. His free throw shooting was steady all year, making a team-best 87.5 percent (49-of-56) that would have ranked fourth in the league had he met the minimum of two free throws made per game. In league games only, Forbes made 28-of-31 shots from the charity stripe for 90.3 percent that would have ranked second in league-only statistics if he qualified. He led Eastern in scoring seven times, steals on 11 occasions and assists in four outings, and scored in double figures in 18 of 28 games. His best scoring performance came in his fourth collegiate game when he had 24 points in a 72-68 victory at Texas Arlington (11/21/09). He scored in double figures in his last 12 league games (13 overall), including highs of 18, 17 and 18 in three-straight games versus Sacramento State (2/7/10), Montana State (2/12/10) and Montana (2/14/10). His other season highs were six rebounds against Montana State (2/12/10), seven assists versus Walla Walla (12/1/09) and five steals against Chicago State (12/22/09).

High School: Graduated from Federal Way HS in 2009. He helped Federal Way win the 2009 State 4A title, as the Eagles finished the 2008-09 season 27-2 and 14-2 in the South Puget Sound League North Division, and won their final 16 games of the year. Forbes averaged 11.2 points per game en route to second-team All-SPSL honors. A 50 percent shooter from the field overall and from three-point range, he scored in excess of 20 points on three occasions. He had a season-high 24 late in the season against Central Kitsap and 23 early in the season against Auburn, which is coached by former Eagle standout Ryan Hansen. Forbes scored 38 points in four State 4A Tournament games, including five in a 62-54 win over Garfield in the championship game and 16 in a semifinal win over Kentridge. As a junior, Forbes averaged 12 points a game, as the Eagles finished fourth in the eight-team SPSL North Division. But he helped fuel a late-season run to the State 4A title game where Federal Way lost to two-time unbeaten state champion Ferris. Forbes scored in double figures in seven of his team’s nine playoff games, including 17 in state tournament wins over Franklin and Decatur. His two free throws with 12 seconds left helped seal the stunning upset over second-ranked Franklin.

Personal: Born Sept. 24, 1989, in New Orleans, La. Communications major. Parents are Jeffery and Jill Forbes.

 

Year

GP

GS

Min

Avg

FG

FGA

Pct

3FG

3FGA

Pct

FT

FTA

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Avg

PF

FO

Ast

TO

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

2009-10

30

27

936

31.2

117

279

.419

47

129

.364

49

56

.875

13

64

77

2.6

53

1

59

46

1

41

330

11.0

2010-11

30

23

954

31.8

93

226

.412

55

134

.410

54

60

.900

16

61

77

2.6

48

1

61

47

4

25

295

9.8

2011-12

32

32

1027

32.1

73

193

.378

41

114

.360

35

41

.854

27

62

89

2.8

63

0

48

34

0

31

222

6.9

TOTAL

92

82

2917

31.7

283

698

.405

143

377

.379

138

157

.879

56

187

243

2.6

164

2

168

127

5

97

847

9.2

 

SINGLE-GAME HIGHS:

Points: 24, at UT Arlington -- 11-21-09

Rebounds: 7, at Gonzaga -- 11/30/10

Assists: 7, Walla Walla -- 12-1-09

Steals: 5, vs CHICAGO STATE -- 12-22-09

Blocks: 1, 5 times

FG made: 10, at UT Arlington -- 11-21-09

FG attempts: 16, at UT Arlington -- 11-21-09 ; at Seattle -- 2-1-10

3FG made: 6, Northern Colorado -- 12/31/10 ; New Hope -- 12/4/10

3FG attempts: 12, New Hope -- 12/4/10

FT made: 10, Seattle -- 12/15/10

FT attempts: 11, Seattle -- 12/15/10

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